NEW YORK - Columbia first-year Kenny Vasbinder is slated to represent Team USA during the Great Edinburgh Cross Country Challenge, held on Saturday, Jan. 7 in Scotland.
Vasbinder is one of six men from the U.S. that will run in the 6K junior race.
"I am honored to be representing the red, white, and blue of Team USA at the 2017 Great Edinburgh Challenge," Vasbinder said. "It is incredibly humbling to be given this opportunity to compete alongside some of the best young runners our country has to offer, and I cannot describe what it means to be able to put on the Team USA uniform. I hope to represent Columbia, my friends and family, and most of all our country to the best of my ability."
The East Aurora, New York, native impressed on the course in his rookie year, becoming the first Columbia freshman to qualify as an individual to the NCAA Championships. Vasbinder claimed 14th place at the NCAA Northeast Regional, clocking his first collegiate 10K in 30:52.2. Two weeks prior at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, he earned second team All-Ivy accolades with an 11th place finish in 24:09.5 during the 8K.
"We are very excited for Kenny being selected to compete for Team USA," said Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Daniel Ireland. "He has had a great first year so far at Columbia and this opportunity coincides with his desire to compete with best."
Along with Vasbinder, Columbia alum Kyler Merber will take part in the Senior Co-Ed 4x1K relay at the same event.